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Celebrating 
Diversity... 



■^^ ^-^ UNIVERSITY OF 

JCfe so^JTHC^ROLI^L\ 

^^=^^^ SPARTANBURG 



Issue 1, Volume 4 Fall 1994 



Get ready for an all new experience with your college 
magazine! This Fall, The Powderhorn has aimed its sights at 
all aspects of campus life. 

We would like to think of it as "Celebrating Diversity." 
We've spent our time investigating what is of true interest to 
students, as well as faculty and staff. What we have found may 
suiprise you! 

In striving to represent all groups fairly, we were over- 
whelmed at the vast diversity of membership to USCS. We have 
students and faculty that strongly represent both genders, all 
ethnic groups, all interests and cumculums, academics as well 
as sports, and shared identities. How could we possibly include 
ALL aspects of our college community, you ask? I must admit 
it was difficult, but we feel confident that each person that picks 
up this magazine will feel that his or her interests have been 
considered. 

Our first decision made to insure better representation in 
the magazine was to lengthen it. You are now holding a maga- 
zine that is "New and Improved! It's 25% BIGGER!" We fig- 
ured, what better way to include more information about more 
people than to add more pages? 

Next, we screened past issues of the magazine to see where 
weaknesses were in coverage. Staff members were then as- 
signed beats to cover what was lacking in the past. Though we 
couldn't possibly draw attention to all interests in a single issue, 
we were able to learn what needs to be considered in the future. 

The final step in the improvement process was made pos- 
sible by many of you. We reviewed the questionnaires from past 
issues to find out what you wanted. Be prepared to see more 
focus, more photographs, more coverage of events - on campus 
and off, and more stories that appeal to the student body. 

We also added artwork, a topic forum for contributing 
writers, and information on coming events. Well, USCS, here 
you go. You asked for it and we delivered! We only ask that you 
keep in mind that the best way for us to know what we're doing 
right or wrong is for you to let us know. Please fill out your 
survey ! 



The Powderhorn 



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Amy Ellwanger. Editor-in-Chief 

Shelly Cantrell Managing Editor 

Georgeann Estep Business Manager 

Michael Wiggins Features Editor 

Joshua Williams Copy Editor 

Ella Bennett Photo Editor 

Adam Stover. Sports Editor 

Wendy Woods Art Editor 

Dr. Nancy Moore Faculty Advisor 

Ms. Jane Nodine Faculty Advisor 



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Barbara Gossett Deborah Koeller 

Sara Ray 

Special Thaeks to: 

Frances Brice Dean Leon Wiles The Media Board 
Dynagraphics Printing 

Copyright 1994 by The Powderhom and the University of South CaroHna at Spartanburg. The 
Powderhoni is pubhshed every semester by the students of USCS. Opinions expressed here are 
those of the staff and contributors. They do not necessarily reflect those of the faculty, staff. 
Media Board, or administration of USCS. This magazine is distributed free of charge to stu- 
dents, faculty, and staff of the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. 



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Contents 



Liberating With Laughter: Shoestring Players in Lithuania 4 

Intramurals: Hard at Play 9 

Foreign Students at uses 10 

International Festival 12 

Foreign Athletes at uses 13 

eampus Life Building: Women's eenter. 14 

German Students go to Oktoberfest 16 

Point/eounterpoint: Does Technology Affect Art? 18 

Parent's Day Photos 21 

Impressions: The Non-Traditional Student 22 

Fall 1994 Exam Schedule 26 

A Taste of Nightlife at The eastle 27 

Greek System Deserves Respect 30 

African American Society Event Photos 31 

Feedback: A Questionaire 34 

Meet the Staff. 35 

December Graduates 37 

' The Pouclerhoni 



Liberating vvith Laughter 




playm 



Michael Wiggins 
Features Editor 



In June of 1 994, a large invasion force 
comprised of USCS students and faculty invaded 
the stoic regime of Lithuania. Armed to the teeth 
with in-your-face theatrics and slapstick humor, 
the hardy Pippin 
cast and crew 
were charged with 
restoring laughter 
and the taste for 
lighthearted 
entertainment into 
the newly inde- 
pendent country. 
A simple mission 
it would seem, it 
was far more 
attainable than 
restoration of 
democracy in 
Haiti. After all, 
the hesitant but 
inevitable withdrawal of Soviet troops would 
seem to signal an end to decades of fear and 
suffering. One might think that the death of such 
a pitiful, clumsy system would necessitate some 
sort of decade-long party, a catharsis of giddi- 
ness and fun-seeking, these being among the 
scarcest commodities in the former Warsaw Pact 
nation. But, as a review of any U.S. foreign 
poHcy initiative will show, unforeseen circum- 



1994 Goodwill Trip to Lithuania 



stances invariably add spice to any overseas 
intervention. 

When the rapidly collapsing Soviet 
Union officially recognized Lithuania as an 
independent nation in September 1991, fifty- 
one years of continuous foreign occupation 
came to an end. Naturally, the oppressors left 
behind plentiful physical reminders of their 
stay, like huge 




These Lithuanian women on a patk 
an American brandishing a camera 



piles of industrial 
waste, worthless 
Soviet automo- 
biles, and other 
remnants of an 
archaic, failing 
economic phi- 
losophy. Unfor- 
tunately, this 
Baltic state's 
turbulent history 
has left a far 
more noticeable 
scar upon its 
people than on 
the landscape 
itself. Lithuanians, it had seemed, had forgotten 
how to smile. 

Happy Stuck, a dancer in the Pippin 
acting troupe, got her first taste of the cultural 
surroundings as soon as the plane touched down 
in Lithuania. "The aiiport didn't even look like 
an airport. There was a runway and everything, 
but there wasn't a lot of equipment around. 



Continued on page 6 



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And there were guards everywhere, wearing big 
guns." Going through customs, Happy said, was 
an eye-opening experience. "We were sort of 
marched between guards. They didn't want you 
to walk too fast either," she added. 

This initial shock was mitigated some- 
what by the reception offered by the Lithuanian 
acting company, who gave a much warmer 
welcome than the airport security. In the capital 
of Vilnius, Happy was able to witness the 
staggering efficiency ingrained by Soviet influ- 
ence. "Things got 
tense at the hotel. 
Everything had been 
had been planned 
ahead of time; the 
university had 
already arranged for 
hotels. But the hotel 
managers seemed to 
think we were 
supposed to pay for 
the rooms again." 

For a while 
thereafter, cast 
members "camped 
in the lobby, 
crashed-out with the 
luggage," wondering 
if they were going to 
pay for the treat of a 

bed. The matter was ^ 

resolved in a few 

hours, however, and Happy and the others were 

assigned small but hospitable rooms in which to 

collapse. 

The theatre of Vilnius was simply a 
converted ballroom, capable of seating about 
170 people. The stage was small, nan-ow, and 
without wings for pre-staging. An overhead loft 
had to be used for extra equipment and scene 
props, demanding a bit of climbing from the 
cast. The first night's performance was not a 



particularly good indication of the play's future 
success. The premier's attendees were all rich, 
aristocratic sorts who had a fair grasp of the 
English language. They also had the equivalent 
of six bucks to spend for admission, about one- 
tenth of the average monthly wage for 
Lithuanians. Following the play was a lavish 
reception for the dignitaries and Americans, 
where adventures in capitalism had revealed 
some peculiarity in taste. "Bananas! That was 
the big thing. They had champagne and ba- 




Members of the Pippin troupe 
generic brand cola is a luxwy 



are thrilled to have "cola" while in Lithuania. This 
to most in the country. 



nanas," said Professor Ray Lee, director and 
makeshift chaperone for the group. 

The play itself proved to be less trans- 
portable than Lee had intended. "We thought 
[Pippin] would be simple, but it turned out to be 
very complex for a variety of different reasons. 
The least of which was that they had very little 
equipment to do the things we normally do 



Continued on page 7 



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here." Soundboards, followspots. and trapdoors 
are hard to come by in a land where, until re- 
cently, undue creativity was more likely to land 
one in the gulag than among the theatre elite. 

In addition to the physical incompatibih- 
ties, the musical presented problems unique to 
Eastern Europe. "Only about one-third of the 
people understood 

English enough to 

understand what was 
going on," Lee said. 
In retrospect, Lee 
mused that ''Jesus 
Christ Superstar , 
which has only music, 
no book," would have 
been more easily 
understood. Another 
problem with the 
American musical was 
the Lithuanian artistic 
taste, which demands 
some sort of meaning 
from its entertainment. 

Pippin's 
attraction for we 
Americans, of course, 
is that it delivers 
entertainment without 
the obligation of too 
many brain cells. It is 
a playful diversion 
from the annoying 
task of thinking, and 
as such, is in high demand in the states. 
Lithuania, unfortunately, hasn't been exposed to 
the mind-softening quality of soap operas and 
sitcoms. Theatre Professor Jim Cox explained 
the problem as one of perspective. 

"They very often don't look each other in 
the eye, and certainly don't smile at each other. 
And here is an entertainment medium that's all 
about smiling and projecting everything forward. 




The Hill of Classes was a symbolic act in support of the 
church's place in society, Lithuanian go\ eminent has 
attempted to displace religion. 



. . and so when the players moved out into the 
audience and touched them in some cases, just 
sat down on their laps and touched them, I think 
they were in awe of a medium that was so 
forward and friendly." 

Ensuing performances in Vilnius steadily 
decreased in success as the economic and ideo- 
logical differences 
between cultures 
became more appar- 
ent. Happy thought 
that their performance 
suffered as a result. 
"It did bring us down 
a bit. We would be up 
on stage cracking 
jokes, and the audi- 
ence was just sitting 
there, acting like this 
was serious ..." 
Again, Professor Cox 
placed the response in 
the context of experi- 
ence. "I think some- 
one (in Vilnius) told 
me that the closest 
that they had come to 
this type of entertain- 
ment was Russian 
Grand Opera. Well, 
lemme tell you, that's 
about 80,000 football 
fields away." 

Other unnerving 
aspects of the nights in Vilnius were quite 
American in nature. "The company that owned 
the theatre was in conjunction with what they 
called 'a firm'," Lee said. Many of the areas in 
the theatre were blocked off by big bulky guards. 
"And Jim and I were standing around one day 
and these guys from 'the firm' come in, all 6'2" 
(and firm)." Not quite asserting that the group 



Continued on page 8 



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was crooked, Lee said the organization was "set 
up kinda like a Mafia," with its bodyguards and 
hierarchy. It will suffice to say that Lee and the 
others were eager to press on to the next string of 
performances in Klaipeda. 

First of all, they had to get there. "We 
were transported by means of cattlecar, called a 
bus in Lithuania, all the way across the country 
in one day, and set up that afternoon." Lee said. 
They would have their first performance that 
night. 

The state-run theatre in Klaipeda was 
suiprisingly large and accommodating, and Lee 
described the seaport as being a Lithuanian 
answer to "Las Vegas, Miami Beach, and Disney 
World;" though slides and pictures of the city 
indicate a more laid-back Norfolk, Virginia. 
Even so, the play did quite well in Klaipeda. 
More Lithuanians understood English, and the 
musical form wasn't quite so alien a concept. 

As for the state-supplied hotel, it was 
soon discovered where the government had 
tucked and saved up enough funds to upkeep a 
quality theatre. "The government put us up in 
the cheapest hotels they could find," Happy said. 




A Lithuanian fanner plows vast fields with his only mules. 
U.S., is still the main way of life in their country. 



"The water color was a dingy brown. A fire 
escape led up to our window from the alley, 
which was pitch black. There were no locks on 
the windows. The toilets were even worse than 
before." 

Using their own money, many of the cast 
went to other hotels, where they often had to pay 
a whopping twenty dollars for what improve- 
ments could be found. Professors Lee and Cox 
were among the hardy few who stayed behind. 

As luck would have it, only a few nights 
were set aside for Klaepeda. The Pippin crew 
found the audience responsive and lively, and 
were thus able to deliver excellent performances. 
By the end of the Lithuanian tour, however, 
there was no denying that the troupe was ex- 
hausted and ready for the return trip. 

Copenhagen, Denmark was the group's 
layover; it served quite well as a hedonistic 
capstone for a trip littered with culture shock. 
Many were undoubtedly eager to gorge on 
McDonald's, and do their level best to forget a 
nation devoid of real pizza, adequate water 
pressure and soft toilet paper. Then again, 
maybe some had time to reflect on what their 

mission had 
accomplished. 

A tiny 
sample of 
American 
entertainment 
had been im- 
— ported, while 
the sights, 
smells, and 
introspective 
behavior of an 
;^ entirely differ- 
m ^s ^ -"^ ent world had 
■* \* * c been exported 
'^ and etched into 

■* the minds of 

Fanning, though dec lining in the forever changed 
photo by Tamaia Valentine peopie. 



The Powderhoni 



Intramurals: Hard at Play! 



Georgeann Estep 
Business Manager 

Do you have a little spare time in your life? Do 
you like sports? Do you like meeting new 
people? Well if you could use a little 
excitement , then the Intramural department 
is calling your name. Each semester, groups 
of students form teams to compete in a 
variety of different athletic events. 

The Intramural department is funded 
through the school and is recognized 
throughout the USC system. Coach Bobby 
Youngblood and his assistants work very 
hard to make all the sports fun and competi- 
tive. The equipment and necessary supervi- 
sion is also provided by the school. The 
staff of Intramurals welcomes anyone interested 
in forming a new team to sign up outside 
Youngblood's' office in Hodge. 

The rules and regulations of intramurals 
are very easy to follow. Basically, you must 
have respect for the staff and equipment. Atti- 
tudes are to be left at home. You are to show up 
on time for all events, to play fairly and honestly, 
and, most importantly, to have fun. Al- 
though intramurals 
are directed only for 
enjoyment, some 
take the competition 
very seriously. 
Naturally, this leads 
to a few disagree- 
ments, but these 
spats are usually 
solved on the spot 
and are put in the 
past immediately. 
Participation in 





these events have increased 700 percent since 
1991. At this time, the campus decided to put the 
position of director of intramurals at full time 
status. This lead to more publicity and more 
organization for each event. Each semester, 
these events are enjoyed by many groups and 

organizations such 
as: the Greek 
system, SGA, 
AAA, and the 
Campus Crusad- 
ers. All of these 
groups regularly 
participate each 
j,_ ^ semester. There 
/ M^ is an ongoing 
vi>ii*-' rivalry between 
me iratemities for the Organizational Participa- 
tion Award. In the past, Pi Kappa Phi has won 
the award three times consecutively. Shane 
Rogers, a member of Pi Kappa Phi, won the 
Individual Student Participation Award. 

The uses Club Softball All-Stars, which 
is formed by combining players of each intramu- 
ral team, plays in an annual Softball tournament 
in Columbia. These players have to build up a 
confidence in one another after being rivals all 
year long. This year our team will defend their 
three-year winning title against the other schools 
in the USC system. Clay Johnson said, "After 
being on this team two years in a row, I have 
seen us all improve our ability to work together, 
as well as teaching one another new skills." This 
extramural event is enjoyed by all the players 
and spectators in the USC system. 

Competition made into fun can make a 
grueling school day into a brand new adventure. 
It only takes a little time and some initiative to 
get involved with Intramurals. 



The Powderhorn 



Foreign Students Flock to U.S. 



Shelly Cantrell 

Managing Editor 



Noel Hazzard hails from the tropical 
island of Trinidad nestled in the cool waters 
of the Caribbean. After three years of 
American life, Noel has decided to stay in 
the United States to pursue a career in 
broadcast journalism as a sports 
commentator. Of course, he has hopes of 
making network news, but Noel realizes, 
"You must work your way up to the top. 1 
would like to get a job at a local television 
station (WSPA) and 
then shoot for the big 
time." 

Noel has 
innocently discovered 
the differences of 
Hl^HH^ ' education between 

courses taught in his 
country are much 
more complex. The life-styles of students 
vary from country to country, as well. In 
third world countries like Trinidad, young 
people are searching for prosperous jobs, 
grasping for a hold on their futures, and just 
basically trying to establish a means of 
survival. On the other hand, American 
teenagers are busy with a social life and 
schooling. 

In Trinidad, the south is noted for 
having reputable school systems, but too 
much prejudice. Noel says this is just a 
stereotype that people in his country bestow 
upon the south. All in all, he has one major 




problem with the South Carolina that he did 
not expect - the weather. Noel remarks, "It 
is too cold here. I am used to tropical 
weather." 

When you think of Africa, you 
probably dream of plains, deserts that are 
inhabited by wild creatures. That is the 
scene in some places, but Sean Hartley 
comes to the United States from another 
part of the country - South Africa. His 
home town is West Ville, to be exact, and he 
is excited to take advantage of the numerous 
opportunities that America has to offer. 

At the young age of 23, Sean is 
already planning a career in financial 
economics as an insurance consultant for a 
world renowned firm. He says, "The cost of 
living is much more 
inexpensive here than in 
Africa, so I will probably 
stay here to climb the 
corporate ladder of 
success and maybe even 
own a business 
someday." 

Sean reminisces about 
his impression of the 
United States before 
coming here. "South 
Africans often stereotype 
this country (the United States) as being all 
bright lights and big cites," Sean 
remembers, " but I got a different and more 
realistic view as I approached Spartanburg 
while traveling down Interstate 85. This 
place (Spartanburg) is very rural." 

College life, for Sean, is quite the 
opposite of what he is accustomed to back 




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for the College Experience (3) 



home. For example, the colleges in South 
Africa have pubs on campus where live 
bands gather to entertain the students. 
Another major difference is the lack of 
school spirit that students possess. Sean 
would like to see students more involved in 
supporting school sports. So, you ask, what 
does Sean enjoy at USCS? Sean replies, "I 
like being a part of the small campus 
because of the one-on-one relationship with 
professors. Also, I am not just a number, but 
an individual. Houghton is originally from 
the country hillside of Chesira, North 
Which, located in the United Kingdom. He 
has lived in the 
United States with his 
family for two years 
and has been loving 
every minute of it. He 
says, "I was very 
excited to have the 
opportunity to come 
to the United States. 
^^ A. ^^ ^^^ ^ good change 

% ^^^/^\ for me." Kelvin plans 
to own a computer 
store and maybe even 
expand across seas; 
but, that idea is further down the road for 
Kelvin. Before he begins the plans for the 
business, he wants to graduate with a 
business management degree. 

He has discovered that the social life 
in America is very similar to that of the 
United Kingdom. Teenagers in Kelvin's 
home town go to the movies and spend 
quality time with their friends just like 
Americans. 

What was the easiest thing to get 




John Gajic is a native of Yugoslavia, 
a country known for its lush plateaus and 
contrasting green hills. He is originally 
from the capitol, Belgrade, but has been in 
the United States for four years to 
experience American life. "The people of 
Yugoslavia picture America to be just like 
the movies," John explains, "but that is a 
misconception. 1 have seen the vast 
diversity of this beautiful country." 

For example, John had expected to be 
overwhelmed by busy city streets and 
skyscrapers, so he is very surprised to find 
that the south is generally quiet and similar 
to his home town. "The people here in the 
south are very friendly. I feel right at 
home," he adds. 

John has had a recent job offer in 
Russia, though he plans to remain in the 
United States to pursue a promising career 
in chemical engineering. 

John is enrolled at USCS as a 
chemistry major and is here on a tennis 
scholarship. He says that in Yugoslavian 
students have to choose between schooling 
and playing a professional sport. John 
notes, "I chose school over tennis back 
home. In America, I am thankful that I can 
do both." 







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11 



Spartanburg Kicks Off 
Annual International Fest 



Joshua Williams 
Copy Editor 



On Friday, September 18th, interna- 
tional flavor came to Spartanburg. Held in 
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on a 
rather rainy weekend, the 9th annual 
Spartanburg International Festival turned 
out to be a welcome distraction from the first 
grueling weeks of classes at USCS. The 

festival lasted for two days, 

Saturday the 17th and 
Sunday the 18th, beginning 
around noon and lasting 
until five in the afternoon. 
The price of admission was 
a mere three dollars, and 
gave one access to a variety 
of international experiences. 

The festival had a 
myriad of booths, manned 
by volunteers, which repre- 
sented a total of twenty-five "*■ 

separate nations. Not bad for a community 
that is home to more than 70 known ethnic 
groups and over 60 international businesses. 
Aside from giving one a sense of interna- 
tional cultures and costumes, most of the 
booths provided the true spice of interna- 
tional flavor, which is also the mainstay of 
any college student's life; delightful food 
and drink for a reasonable price. 

But foreign dishes and spirits were 
not the only attractions that the festival held, 
for in addition to the obvious lure of these 
tasty morsels, the festival had an indoor 
stage which was used by a variety of local 
international performers. For what kind of 
an international festival would it truly have 
been without that most unique of interna- 



"Okay, so it wasn't in the 
order of Bel Share in 
Asheville, NC, but it WAS 
quite a bit grander and 
more culturally diverse 
than some of the other 
festivals found in the area, 
such as Bubbafest" 



tional contributions: Music? As if that 
weren't enough, skilled performers were on 
hand to whirl like mad dervishes in a series 
of intricate, foot-stomping, hand-clapping 
routines. The folk dancers, most of whom 
were local, performed both traditional and 
modern dances from such faraway places as 
India, Scotland, Estonia, and Greece. 

In addition to these 
performers, there was an- 
other group of performers 
who played all kinds of live 
music. And while the 
oompha band, in this case 
"The Rhinelanders", had to 
be heard to be believed, 
there was indeed a wide 
sampling of music, both 
national and international. 
Everything from country to 

y folk music was played, and 

there was even a musician who performed 
music from Nigeria, something that is not to 
be often heard in Spartanburg. 

All in all, the Spartanburg Interna- 
tional Festival was a very successful celebra- 
tion of diversity in Spartanburg, the kind of 
celebration that everyone could always use a 
little more of. Okay, it wasn't on the order of 
Bel Share in Asheville, NC, but it WAS quite 
a bit grander and more culturally diverse 
than some of the other festivals found in the 
area, such as Bubbafest. In addition, the 
Spartanburg International Festival demon- 
strated one of the most unrealized facts of 
life in Spartanburg: its growing intercultural 
diversity 



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Coming to America 

Foreign Athletes Being Recruited to Play 
Baseball and Soccer at USCS 



Adam Stover 
Sports Editor 



Most American college students don't 
seriously consider the possibility of attending a 
university in another country. Distance from 
home usually rules out any thoughts one may 
have of studying outside the United States. 
Despite these considerations, several USCS 
athletes made the decision to come from their 
native countries to study here in Spartanburg. 

Senior baseball player Todd McDonald 
came to USCS because athletic scholarships 
aren't awarded in Canada. When I asked him 
what he would be doing if he'd stayed at home, 
he said "I'd still be going to school, but I 
wouldn't be able to play baseball, which is what 
I really like doing." Todd says the best part of 
attending USCS for him is the camaraderie 
between the baseball players and 
coaching staff. If he could change 
something about the school, it 
would be the baseball team's 
budget. Despite having the 
lowest budget, the team has 
carried the highest GPA in the 
conference the past two years. To aid 
this cause, Todd suggests that USCS take an 
■ active role in fund raising activities. 

Scott Halkett, senior soccer player, is 
originally from South Africa. He came to 
Spartanburg through the help of a friend who got 
him in contact with the USCS soccer coaches. If 
he had stayed in South Africa, Scott would still 
be going to school, but tuition would start at 
$6,000 per semester and increase every semester 



Soccer 

has 
brought 

many 
foreign 
athletes 
to USCS 



he attended college. When I asked him if he had 
any complaints about USCS, he told me he had 
none. "People don't realize how good it is here 
at USCS. Each student receives one-on-one 
instruction they wouldn't get at a larger school. 
They'd just be another number." 

Everybody doesn't take advantage of the 
opportunities life presents to them. It's all too 
easy to just let life happen rather than taking an 
active role in your future. The athletes men- 
tioned above and all the other unmentioned 
athletes from other countries seized opportunity 
in order to better their lives. That's something 
we all need to learn to do. 




The Pmvdcrhom 



13 



Empowering Women on Campus 



Amy EUwanger 
Editor-in-Chief 



♦ 



Excitement is brewing 
over the new Campus Life 
building. Students and faculty 
alike are anxious to take their 
first step inside and find out 
what is in store. However, one 
group of people here on cam- 
pus has reason to be even more 
excited. Chancellor John 
Stockwell announced at a 
September meeting of Univer- 
sity Women that plans for a 
Women's Center have already 
been included in the new facility Campus Life 

Stockwell envisions a resource center 
for women where they can go for conversa- 
tion and advice on matters such as career 
challenge and managing households as 
well as serious issues like sexual harass- 
ment, date rape, sexual assault, and spou- 
sal abuse. Although he is unsure exactly 
what functions this center will take on, he 
has learned from studying other institu- 
tions that the Women's Center will take on 
the characteristics of the women who take 
advantage of them. 

Why a Women's Center and not a 
Men's Center, you ask? The Campus Life 
building is designed to provide services 
and meet the needs of all students. For 
instance, there will be a Commuter's Cen- 
ter, Career Planning, Nursing, and organi- 
zational meeting places for groups such as 
the African American Association. 




building under construction 

Stockwell said, "These centers grow out of 
expressed needs that are focused and 
articulated." He has found from experience 
on other campuses with these types of 
centers that the needs of men are ad- 
dressed, as well. "Studies conclude that 
campus climate is often a chilly one for 
women in social settings," Stockwell admit- 
ted. By using this center, USCS can gain 
insight and experience to learn what issues 
women are battling on its campus. 

Women will not only be seeing 
changes upon the opening of the Campus 
Life Building, though. Stockwell has some 
other plans in mind. He is strongly sup- 
portive of the child care services provided 
on campus. Child care has come close to 



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...Stockwell Discusses Methods 



getting the ax every year 

because of budget cuts. 

Stockwell is interested in 

not only preserving the 

child care services, but 

broadening and improving 

them. He wants to expand 

the age group to include 

infancy, which has not been 

done in the past. At this 

kind of university, Stockwell 

feels it is necessary to have a 

strong child care program. 

He is even ambitious 

enough to strive for "the best child care in 

the Upstate of South Carolina." 

Although Stockwell claims, "There is 
no single answer to empowering women 
on campus," he feels that broadening 
leadership opportunities will contribute. 
He wants to strive to make athletics equi- 
table. He has a special interest in creating a 




♦ 



women's soccer team. He, 
and others, have observed 
that soccer players are 
bright, focused, hard- 
working students and that 
a soccer team would make 
a good tool for recruiting 30 
to 40 new talented women 
to the campus. 

I must admit that upon 
hearing Dr. Stockwell speak 
at the University Women 
meeting, I assumed he was 
trying to make a good first 
impression and get a strong group on his 
side. I am now convinced, however, that he 
has a genuine interest in women and that 
he will do what it takes to bring equity and 
support for them on the USCS campus. I 
am calling on all women on campus to sit 
up and take note: We have a new champion 
for our rights and needs! 




Construction on 
the Campus Life 
Building Will be 
Completed by 
August of 1995! 



The Fowcterhom 



15 



Studying A Foreign Language at USCS: 



t 



Joshua Williams 
Copy Editor 



When I first came to USCS, I was dis- 
mayed to learn that I absolutely HAD to take 
three semesters of a foreign language in order to 
fulfill the requirements for my degree. The 
reason for my dismay was that I had no previous 
experience with foreign languages of any kind 
and so I was more than a little daunted by the 
prospect of having to learn a whole other lan- 
guage. Still, I have always been fascinated with 
other cultures and countries, and since German 
culture has come en masse to this area of South 
Carolina, I decided to make German my field of 
study for my foreign language requirement. It 
was one of the best decisions that I have made in 
my entire life. That is not to say that the other 
language courses which are taught at USCS are 
in some way inferior to the German language 
courses at USCS, but rather that German is the 
language which appeals most to me. In fact, a 
good part of the reason that I became less afraid 
to take a foreign language was my interaction 
outside of any classroom with Mrs. Raquidel, Dr. 
Robe, and Dr. Boehringer. At any rate, Gemaan 
was the language that I chose to learn, and it has 
proved to be one of the most fun classes that I 
have had, while at the same time it is also one of 
the most challenging classes I have ever taken. 

One of the most rewarding things about 
this, and any foreign language class, is that it has 
a quality of camaraderie that is not found in any 
other subject of study at USCS. This quality is 
especially important at USCS because so many 
of the students are commuting students and so 




they do not have as many opportunities to get to 
know each other and learn together. In other 
words, a foreign language class is a great place 
to get to know your fellow students and have a 
good experience learning at the same time. 
Since one of the most essential components of 
learning a foreign language involves speaking it, 
foreign language classes are much more interac- 
tive than most other classes and so they provide 
a good opportunity for students to interact 
heavily with each other and their instructors. In 
addition, USCS has one of the finest language 
labs in the state. There are tape recorders and 
headsets in a large enough quantity to accommo- 
date many students, video terminals which can 
be used to view foreign films, computers on 
which students may practice their language 
skills, as well as excellent tutors who are avail- 
able to answer any questions you might have 
regarding the language that you are studying. 



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German Class Experiences Oktoberfest 



The best part about the 
language lab is that it 
is not, like most lan- 
guage labs, located in a 
tiny basement or other 
inaccessible spot, but is 
instead located in a 
spacious room on the 
top floor of the flne arts 
building. 

Other aspects of 
foreign language 
classes here at USCS, 
specifically German, 
are the extracurricular 
activities which that 
students are encouraged 
to participate in, order 
to further their under- 
standing of the language 
which they are studying, 
such as foreign films or 
trips to festivals of 
another culture. For 

example, my German 101 class, together with 
the 102 and 201 classes, recently went on a day 
trip to Oktoberfest in Helen, GA. This trip, 
besides being a lot of fun, actually proved to be 
quite beneficial to the German listening and 
speaking skills that our classes were struggling 
to acquire. In addition, we were in some sense 
actually immersed in German culture for a short 
time. This sort of immersion is, besides being a 
great experience in itself, invaluable to anyone 




studying a foreign lan- 
guage because it actually 
causes you to mentally 
shift gears and begin to 
think like someone in the 
culture that you are 
immersing yourself in. 
If all of this does 
not excite you enough to 
overcome your inhibi- 
tions about studying a 
foreign language, try 
talking to the instructors 
in the foreign language 
department and decide 
for yourself what it is 
about foreign culture 
that appeals to you. 
Perhaps a grandparent of 
yours came from another 
country and you are 
interested in learning 
more about your roots, 
or perhaps you will find that 
certain aspects of a particular culture appeal to 
you for completely inexplicable reasons. What- 
ever the reason, I highly recommend that you get 
a little more familiar with the culture of the 
language you will be taking because foreign 
language classes have the potential to be some of 
the most challenging and exciting classes that 
you will ever take. 



The Fowderhorn 



17 




Point 



Vacuum cleaners love to arrange them- 
selves behind glass cases and pretend they are art 
exhibits. Computer screens continually flash 
messages like "love your keyboard" to unwitting 
operators. Nintendo systems have taken an 
entire generation of children and 
lobotomized them; this is 
why their verbal skills 
have been reduced to the 
level of "Duh," and 
"Cool, dude." Electronic 
gizmos have efficiently 
displaced legions of 
orchestras and choirs, 
ensuring the prevalence 
of the performing arts 
among the nation's 
panhandlers. 

This is the 




tenmg 



impression one can 

easily receive from lis- 

to a recent diatribe by Professor 

Jimm Cox, a theatre and speech 

instructor, against the effects of technology on 

the arts. "We no longer need artists to paint. We 

don't need canvases, and people to sit around 

them for weeks and weeks, carefully applying 

levels and textures of paint to canvas. Why do 

that? We can set up a computer, and have it 

generate computer graphics from now until hell 

freezes over. And forget the artist, putting hand 

to canvas." 

The problem with introducing techno- 
logical devices to the artistic method is the 
removal of personal involvement. A novel can 
be written without the author's hand ever touch- 



ing a piece of paper with a pen. A graphic 
designer can create an eye-pleaser without 
spilling a drop of paint on his or her clothes. 
"Art is about the expression of human emotion. 
A musician picks up an instrument, 
blows the breath that produces life into 
that instrument, creating beautiful 
sound that enriches the soul. It's not 
the same thing as hitting a key on a 
computer and having mechanically 
generated music." These concerns 
are understandable to a certain 
extent. Computer technology has 
made huge inroads into art. But 
are these and certain future gains 
made at the expense of human 
passions? 

However, there was no 
meek acceptance of the 
professor's assertion in a class 
composed almost solely of 
communication students, most of 
whom work on computers quite regularly. Many 
of the students took the professor's words to 
mean that their writing suffered from a lack of 
depth, a lack of soul, simply because it wasn't 
written, it was "processed." The ensuing debate 
raged between ludicrous extremes. One quiet 
young man at the back of class seemed certain 
the whole thing was the result of our evil govern- 
ment. One was left a little hazy as to how good 
or bad he felt all these changes were. Another 
communications student vociferously defended 
Beethoven, swearing he would never have 



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The Powderhorn 



U^ Counterpoint 



Since the beginning of the Industrial 
Revolution some two-hundred years ago, there 
have been thousands of changes in the ways in 
which most of the citizens in our now Global 
community live their lives. In addition to the 
various practical and recreational 
applications that this newfound 
technology has provided us 
with, there have been many 
advancements in the areas of 
the Fine Arts. One of the 
largest concerns that arises as a 
result of the marriage of 
technology and art is whether 
or not technology aids or 
inhibits true art. More simply 
put, is the emotive quality of 
art enhanced or destroyed 
when that art is produced 
using a greater degree of 
technology than pen and 
paper, or brush and canvas? 

As we find ourselves in 

the years that close out not only the century, but 
the entire millennium, it is only natural that we 
would look back upon the way things used to be, 
specifically in the areas of music and other fine 
arts. First, that the attitude of "Things just aren't 
as good as they used to be" is absolutely and 
incontrovertibly right. On the other hand, the 
laws of probability would suggest that just 
MAYBE this way of thinking contains a few 
flaws. If this is true, then perhaps we can revise 
our understanding of the world and come to the 
conclusion that the world which we presently 
exist in is not entirely a pale shadow of its 



Josh 
Williams 



former self. The point that needs to be made 
here is that the problem lies not in the technol- 
ogy that influences the arts of the present day, 
but in the perception, assimilation and interpreta- 
tion of those arts. For example, in the 

mid-twentieth century, earlier 
forms of music that used 
minimal technology. Swing, 
Jazz, or Classical were re- 
vered while newer forms of 
music, specifically Rock 'n' 
Roll, were attacked and 
vilified. The reason for this 
segregation of music lay not 
in the actual music itself, but 
in the perception of that 
music by different genera- 
tions. 

Does the artist blame his 
brush or his canvas for the 
failings of his art? Does the 
writer write poorly because 
he has to use a word processor instead of pen 
and paper? Of course not. If any artist creates a 
work which is in some way flawed or not "up to 
standard," he or she is painfully aware that the 
problem does not lie with the tools that are used, 
but with him or her self. It doesn't matter 
whether words are recorded electronically or 
with lead. The important thing is the words and 
what they say. If they are poorly written, they are 
garbage regardless of whether or not they are 
hand written in beautiful calligraphy or Times 
New Roman. 




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Point Com d 



Counterpoint cont d 



dropped his conventional music career for a data 
processing job. Everyone either wanted to 
condemn or praise computers, and only a few 
quietly mentioned the one aspect of the commu- 
nicative effort that actually matters: human 
endeavor. 

As was mentioned often during the 
haphazard debate, people are obsessed with 
efficiency. Fast food restaurants haven't flour- 
ished in this country because of their ambience 
and delicate preparation of food; they litter the 
landscape because they are ruthlessly efficient. 
Now, expediency is not an inherently bad thing, 
but like alcohol or disco music, can be overused. 

Computers are not alien invaders. They 
have no agenda of their own. They will enable or 
disable cultural achievement as their designers 
and users dictate. Now that it is known that 
computer programs really can produce the 
melodic strains of an entire orchestra, or move 
the epilogue to the prologue in the blink of an 
eye, the only unknown is whether programs 
should produce or should move. 

Yes, technology has indeed brought 
changes to art, as with every other aspect of 
society. Overreliance on technology can result 
in lazy artists as surely as it has resulted in 
helpless couch potatoes everywhere. However, 
the artist can't simply ignore a new medium as if 
it were a coii'upting agent. New boundaries 
should be thoroughly explored. Professor Cox 
was quick to point out that computer-generated 
art is "a genre that should have its place." But, 
if the art of machines is the only art to be in the 
future, it is the human heart that wills it. 




The difficulty in understanding this arises 
when the issue of "genei'ation gapping" comes 
in. But just because a gap exists between 
mothers and daughters or fathers and sons does 
not mean that the appreciation and production of 
the arts from one generation to the next is some- 
how faulty. Change is natural, whether it is 
change in art, music, theater, or the mediums 
with which we use to create them. It is also 
natural for us to resent those changes and fail to 
see what value that they do have. However, just 
because we cannot see that value, it does not 
follow that it is not there. Thus, the vilification 
of modern technology as a medium with which 
to produce art is completely unfounded and 
wrong. So the next time you are busy criticizing 
a piece of music or art as utterly reprehensible 
and worthless, take some time to think about 
what it really is and what it represents. After all, 
why should we waste time despising something 
when there is a chance we could be enjoying it? 



Point and Counterpoint are regular features in the Powderhorn. If you have a 
topic to suggest and/or an essay to contribute, these can be submitted to our 
office in Hodge 244. Keep in mind that we reserve the right to edit as necessary. 



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1st Annual Parent's Day 




Students prepare to feast in the quad at the 
lunch provided on Parent's Day. 







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^^^^Ki^ ' '^'I'^SBSBStBSE 


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Dr. Ron Roniine gives a mini- 
lecture on South Carolina 
government. 



Artist Michael Aurhach checks out one 
of his sculptures with Erin Call man, a 
young Parent's Day participant. 




fskri 



Parents got a sneak preview of the Campus 
Life building their sons and dcaighters will 
benefit from next year. 



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I ...of the Returning 



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"Honey, Dinner Will Be Late Again" 



Deborah Koeller 

Contributor 



"Honey, dinner will be late again." That seems to be the story of 
my life since returning as an adult student at USCS. It has not been an 
easy adjustment for me or for my family; although they have been very 
understanding. 

I just do not have the minutes I once enjoyed. If I am not at 
school, I am at the kitchen table doing homework or at work in the Wal- 
Mart toy department. Even then, I usually have a stack of 3 x 5 
notecards tucked away in my pocket with definitions from art history. 

A typical day begins at six a.m. and does not end until well after 
midnight. Calculus has replaced dinner with the family, and Modula 2 
programming keeps me at school longer than I would like. 

The hardest times are when the children want to spend some 
time with me. Daniel is eleven and thinks that I should be able to stop 
what I'm doing to play a game or see a movie. It is hard to tell him no. 
Hans, at 17, is much more understanding because he has a car and no 
longer needs me as chauffeur. 

My husband has learned to help around the house: to do the 
grocery shopping and to help with the laundry. His cooking skills have 
surpassed mine. I get jealous sometimes when he can sit back and relax 
while I struggle with homework. I must remind myself that it is only 
temporary. 

When I feel tired from the hours or guilty for putting my school 
work before the family, I take comfort from my family's support, the 
sense of accomplishment school has given me, and the certainty that I 
will soon be the programmer I've always wanted to be. 



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22 The Powderhoni 



student at USCS 



artwork bv Jane Nodine 




"Impressions..." is Powderhorn Magazine's new student topic forum. 
We wanted students to fiave tfie opportunity to contribute essays on a 
particular topic concerning student life at USCS. This issue's topic 
takes a look at the implications of being a female nontraditional student. 
Do you have an idea for a topic next issue? Are you interested in 
writing an essay on a particular topic? We welcome you to tell us about 
it. Ideas or essays can be turned in to our office in Hodge 244. If no 
suggestions for topics come in, we will announce the topic early next 
semester. Feel free to submit writing, as well as artwork, on that topic. 



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23 



Someoiie To Talk To 



Sara Ray 
Contributor 




I don't know what it is about friendships between women, but they can get rather special, 
sometimes even mystical. It must have something to do with the understanding of what it's hke to 
be a woman that helps create that special bond. A best friend to talk with has always been a need of 
mine; someone I can call anytime, share all my little victories and catastrophic defeats with, and tell 
all my deepest secrets to (well, almost all my secrets). The trouble was 1 left all mine behind when I 
moved here from Arizona. 

Six years went by, and 1 was still best friendless when I returned to college. Knowing I 
would be roughly the age of mother to most of the coeds, 1 didn't have much hope for finding a best 
friend. However, college was a pleasant surprise; I had forgotten how wonderfully idealistic young 

people can be, and how hopelessly idealistic I will always be. 
And in the second semester, I met Barbara. 

She entered my life in the same way she enters a room — she 
just burst in. She was sitting in the front row of my Contemporary 
Lit class; I was in the back. Whenever she had something to say, 
which was often, she boldly announced whatever it was with all 
the conviction of a two thousand dollar an hour defense attorney. 
She ended up in my discussion group, and called me "Darlin"." 
Somehow or other she decided that we had something in common, 
and 1 was her friend whether I liked it or not. I liked it. 
And the more I got to know her, the better I liked it. The night that I sat out on my dark 
porch and giggled into the phone like a silly schoolgirl to Barbara at the other end was the night I 
realized that 1 had a best friend again. 

We have talked and talked; I had a lot of catching up to do on everything from school work 
to family. We call each other now almost every day. Barbara wishes she were not so brash (her 
word) and more reserved like me. I wish I were not so naive (my word) and more bold like her. 
Barbara always seems to be in control, and I wear my emotions like some women wear jewelry. We 
fit together perfectly. 

The best thing about Barbara though is that she plays this poker game of life exactly like me. 
We both play seven card stud with four cards up and on the table and three in our hands. More than 
half of what we have to bet with is right there for anyone to see. If people don't like what they see, 
they don't have to take a chance; they can just fold and leave the 
table. 

Barbara and I took a chance on each other; we liked the 
cards we saw on the table, and lately Barbara and I have been 
having a great time showing each other all the cards we are 
holding in our hands (well, almost all the cards). 



(rWTTTOWi^^ 




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Slipping By a Math Requirement 



Barbara Gossett 
Contributor 



I have been out of school for thirty years and I have forgotten every bit of math that I 
learned. Before transfemng to the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. I elected to take a 
few classes at Greenville Tech to prepare me for the academic world! The zealous math instructors 
at Tech put the fear of God in me. I worried about the subject matter and then I would enter the 
room to take a test and have someone stand at the front of the room and tell all present how many 
more minutes were left to complete the exam or perhaps I would ask an obvious question in class 
and the instructor would reply: "People, how stupid can you be? Didn't I just explain that to you?" 
I would go to class early to calm myself down. Other students 
would come in and be lost on the test material. It was so easy 
to show them how. Many passed that class due to last minute 
instruction by me. Nevertheless, I failed the class. I cannot 
take tests and that became more and more evident. I was 
convinced I would never receive a degree of any type because I 
was unable to pass Math 102 

With my recent failures in math weighing heavily on 
my mind, I transferred to USCS. Deciding I would concentrate 
in English, I enrolled for classes. The literature classes were 
wonderful and the professors great. I conveniently forgot the 
required math. When it was time to register for classes again, I 
found I only needed twelve hours to graduate. Unfortunately 

six of these hours were in math. I would have to take these classes at USCS. Everyone had advice 
to give me. 

A friend that I had several classes with encouraged me to take a summer session in math with 
a Mr. Bill White. She continually told me how great the man was at explaining and putting the 
material in a format that related to what I could understand. I registered for his class and found him 
to be just as I had been told. After the first test and a big 56 grade, I went to him and explained my 
situation. He said not to worry, his philosophy maintained that all people were not math majors, and 
his job was to teach the principles of the concept so it might be applied easily. He explained exactly 
what he tested. He said if you get nervous get up and walk around; if you have a problem with the 
calculator, ask me, that is not math and I am not testing your use of the calculator. He made the 
extra time for the floundering student, and offered opportunities for extra credit. He professed his 
job was not to fail as many students as he could come in contact with but to help as many as would 
allow him too. 




I allowed him to help me. I acquired my six hours of math and may even receive a degree 



shortly. 



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Exam Schedule - Fall 1994 



Exam Time 


8:00 A.M. - 


11:30 A.M.- 3:00 P.M. 


6:30 P.M. 




11:00 A.M. 


2:30 P.M. 6:00 P.M. 


9:30 P.M. 


Date/Day 


Class Time 






Dec. 8, Thur. 


9:25 A.M. TTh 


12:10 P.M. TTh 1:05 P.M. TTh 


7:00 P.M. TTh 
7:25 P.M. TTh 
6:00 P.M. Th 


Dec. 9, Fri. 


10:00 A.M. MWF 


12:00 P.M. MWF 2:15 P.M. TTh 




Dec. 10, Sat. 


9:00 A.M. Sat. 






Dec. 12, Mon. 


8:00 A.M. MWF 


11:00 A.M. MWF 3:40 P.M. MW 


5:30 P.M. MW 
6:00 P.M. MW 
6:00 P.M. W 


Dec. 13, Tue. 


8:00 A.M. TTh 


10:50 A.M. TTh 2:30 P.M. TTh 


5:30 P.M. TTh 
6:00 P.M. TTh 
6:00 P.M. T 


Dec. 14, Wed. 


9:00 A.M. MWF 




7:25 P.M. MW 



6:00 P.M. M 




26 



The Powderhovn 



A Taste of Nightlife at The Castle 



Michael Wiggins 
Features Editor 

Culture shocks have always left me 
somewhat inarticulate. It doesn't do one much 
good to have seen belly dancers, white tigers, 
and pyramids if these things leave only intan- 
gible impressions. Some places on the elusive 
side of night desperately need solidity. Tonight I 
am going to one such 



place. The destination 
of my friends and I is a 
castle, formerly 
shrouded in mists. As I 
prepare myself for new 
sights and sounds, I 
consider as well the 
danger of being too 
definitive. 

We will go as 
soon as Marie can get 
off work and I can get 
my courage up. Til do 
this with cabernet 
sauvignon, despite a 
monstrous headache. 
Ann is getting ready by 
stages, at first talking 
about fixing her hair, 
then talking, then 
remembering what lies 
ahead. She hurries off 
to the bedroom, anxious 
to get the night started. I stare at the evening 
news on television, unmindful of problems 
removed from me. 

Ann's boyfriend, Lee, enters the apart- 
ment and eases into an armchair. We greet each 
other amicably and quietly, like longtime card 
partners. Gregory, an unexpected participant in 




Patrons of the Castle take a break from dancing to 
smile for tlie camera. 



the night's events, barges into the apartment. 
His dancing feet are already afire. He impa- 
tiently paces a bit while joking with the rest of 
us. Ann has completed part of her ritual. She 
already looks radiant, with deep auburn hair only 
partially dry and what would ordinarily be called 
casual wear. The time is growing near. 

My ritual continues as before. The 

headache is mercifully 
becoming a dim 
memory, though I know 
a reckoning will come. 
Red insight flows freely, 
and the bottle of wine is 
half empty. And now I 
anticipate the night, if 
only because it's foolish 
to fear the inevitable. 
Lee and I discuss manly 
things, of course: knives, 
politics, rock-climbing. 
Marie arrives, toting a 
little more courage. I 
take a shot of this, and 
attempt to retain a lesson 
in chess from Lee while 
Gregory undermines 
him. The lesson is bad 
and futile, and I leave 
the apartment with the 
others as ignorant of 
chess as the game we are 
about to play. 

We take a slight detour to Subway for 
some mid-morning nourishment. The savage 
manner in which we slaughter poor, defenseless 
cold cuts should serve as foreshadowing for later 
primordial behavior; but I often miss literary 



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techniques when applied to real life. We wolf 
down our sandwich on our way to The Castle. 
I will decline to label The Castle, for I 
find existing labels to be rather one-dimensional, 
something this club certainly is not. The outside 
appearance of the place is rather sprawling and 
shed-like, not like a castle at all. The inside 
misses the Dark Ages too, opting for something 
far more ancient in decor. The Castle, I soon 
see, is a cave. An angular tunnel splashed with 
black carries to me the thumping beat of 
the cavern's heart. 



I hear driving, 
techno sound emerg- 
ing through a 
plethora of elec- 
tronics to become 
primitive. Around 
me are wild-eyed 
children of the Earth, 
engaging in something 
approaching religion. 
As I approach the floor 
quite protected by my friends (as 
requested), I see the state of union tribal 
ceremonies try to attain. An impossible vari- 
ety of people are all linked together by the 
throbbing, rhythmic demands of the machine 
the shadows to my left are those attempting a 
more personal unity. They wear leather. They 
wear tee shirts. They wear button-down shirts. 
They wear everything and nothing, and I fail to 
define. 

To my right and not far enough away is a 
thrashing whirlwind of flesh and energy that 
doesn't quite pull me in, but entices me to stare 
nonetheless. Numbness settles in, crushing my 
useless, swirling impressions, until I no longer 
need my escort. The ladies enter the dance floor 
and become different almost instantly. They spin 
into the maelstrom of movement and sound. 
They emerge back into my sight as beautiful, 
wanton savagery, writhing and twisting in an 



I will decline to label The 

Castle, for I find existing 

labels to be rather 

one-dimensional, 

something this club 

certainly is not. 



In 



ecstasy of abandon. I try to gather the thoughts 
of Lee by glancing his way, but can see little in a 
face carefully shaped and set into indifference. 
Meanwhile, Gregory with the dancing feet 
strangely finds it necessary to give his shoes a 
rest. 

I remain to the side with the others, 
letting my gaze carry me into other people's 
worlds. I see a bit of the cross-dresser's world 
and a portion of the sadomasochist's. From far 
away, I see the world of two men who 
seem much infatuated with each 
other. Outside a circle of 
faster gyrations are 
two young women 
who hardly seem 
dancing at all, as if 
preoccupied with just 
one moment. I see a 
woman from high 
school I never quite 
knew dancing feverishly 
with women Fll likely never 
know. There are 

some here in love, who may spend forever 
in one perfect match. There are the unfortu- 
nate, who will get used by another before 
dawn. There are those here to avoid any touch at 
all. who yeaiTi merely for escape from a crush- 
ing, stifling world. And as foreign as it all might 
seem, it is only as mystifying as creation itself, 
and it is as eternal and unchanging as darkness. 
Rhythmic gods slow their demands, and 
dawn casts a weary eye on age-old human 
passions. The house lights come on, roughly 
jamng stragglers back into civilization's stolid, 
icy rhythm. My friends and I surrender to this 
new pace, and leave a now-silent cave. 

I wonder, traveling fast to a more familiar 
world, if my numbness in confronting the un- 
known is an ancient defense mechanism. Per- 
haps it is an easily ignored hint to not judge too 
quickly what I do not understand. 



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Greek System Deserves Respect 



Georgeann Estep 

Business Manager 



On campus, we have a system of five organi 
zations that fulfill almost every aspect of the 
academic and social life that exists in college. 
These five outstanding groups, otherwise 
known as the Greek system (Pi Kappa Phi, 
Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Mu, Delta Zeta, and 
Tau Kappa Epsilon) regularly participate in 
S.G.A., Intramurals, Ropes Course, Marketing 
Club, and other such activities. 

These groups made up of 
good men and women took 
an oath to remain loyal and 
faithful , and to dedicate 
themselves to the Greek 
lettered organization that 
they pledged. Finding 
enough time to split between 
work, school and their 
sorority/fraternity is defi- 
nitely a hard task. As Tee 
Thompson said, "I work 40 
hours a week, go to school 
full time and I am an active member of Lambda 
Chi Alpha . Somehow I just manage to get it all 
done." A member of Delta Zeta sorority added, 
" Even though church and school are my num- 
ber one priorities, I still give 100% to my 
sisters." 

Intramurals are strongly supported by the 
fraternities. Winning the Organizational Partici- 
pation Award three years in a row, Pi Kappa Phi 
enjoys playing in every event, even ping-pong. 
Tau Kappa Epsilons' intramural chairperson, 
Thomas Walls, said, "Intramurals give my 
brothers and I the opportunity to work on our 
teamwork skills while allowing us all to have a 



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has got to have an outlet from all the stress faced 
each day in order to move on to the next. Spik- 
ing the ball over the net or hitting a homerun 
with your friends is an easy way to let go and 
enjoy college." 

Christopher Clark stated, "Through Pi Kappa 
Phi, I became aware of many different outlets 
that allow me to express my true leadership 
skills. I would not have had a chance to utilize 
these skills in student gov- 
ernment if I had not joined a 
Greek letter organization. 
Fraternities/sororities give a 
person a stable structure to 
grow and learn while gaining 
the confidence and experi- 
ence to become a leader. 

The Greek system holds 
an overall 2.5 G.P.A. 
Some of these brothers/ 
^^_^_^^^_^ sisters have been awarded 

scholarships, stipends or 
other awards for their achievements. Wendy 
Maynard, the conduct leader of Phi Mu soror- 
ity and a Piedmont scholar recipient said, 
"Being involved in my sorority helps me stay 
focused on school because I don't have any 
free time to waste. My sisters always give me 
that little push that I need to accomplish 
anything." 

Overall the Greek system here at USCS is 
not the typical "Party System" that everyone 
thinks. The Greek way of life is more like a 
family working together to meet their goals. 
Granted they all know how to let loose and 
have a good time, this doesn't mean that they 



break from the normal college day. Everyone should be denied the respect that they deserve. 



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African American 
Association 

"What's been going on..." 



Superfly 




Stacey Mills & Jackie Burton get 
funky at AAA's 70's party. 

Life's a Beach 



Masters of BBQ 





John Lytch and Vernon Kennedy show off their BBQ 
skills at an AAA cookout at the end of the summer. 

Smile! 




Reco Miller is up to his neck in sand at the 
Upward Bound Conference this summer. 



Chancellor John Stockwell. Student Body 
President Stacey Mills, and Dean Leon 
Wiles pose at the Leadership Conference. 



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Home Away from Home 

Laurie Lee 
Director of Student Housing 



Experience campus living at its best at Rifle 
Ridge Apartments. Your new home away from 
home is designed exclusively for USCS students. 
The apartments are located on the USCS campus 
between the tennis courts and the baseball and 
soccer fields, and are just five minutes walking 
distance to class. 

The apartments are located in a landscaped, 
wooded environment, with a clear running 
stream that flows through the property. The 
quiet country atmosphere makes it a pleasure to 
be able to walk to class. 



Convenience is an added plus. Some of the 
amenities you will enjoy include a swimming 
pool, volleyball and basketball courts, grill 
picnic areas, and a laundry facility. 

There is also the convenience of being close to 
all of the University's athletic facilities such as 
tennis courts, racquetball courts, an indoor 
basketball court, a soccer and baseball field, and 
a weight training center. 

We hope that you will make Rifle Ridge your 
new home away from home. 



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Apartments 



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Each apartment is smartly furnished- right down 
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bedrooms, two full baths, spacious living room 
and fully equipped kitchen. 

In case you're wondering how to spend the 
time you create by living on-campus, try your 
hand at tennis or relax poolside. The Rifle Ridge 
Apartments have a full line of recreational 
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• Duke Power energy efficient rating 

• Central heat and air 

• Carpeting and mini-blinds 

• Completely furnished throughout 

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• Swimming pool 

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F E E D B A C K 



The Powderhorn staff wants to know what you think of this semester's issue of the magazine. Please 
complete this survey and return it to Hodge 244. Thanks for your time! 

1. Did you enjoy the articles? If so, which ones? 



2. Did you like the photos? If so, which ones? 



3. Was this magazine in a convenient place? Where? If not, how did you acquire it? 



4. Did you, as an individual or as part of a group, feel adequately represented by material in this 
magazine? If not, how can we better represent you in the future? 



5. What other topics would you like to see covered in the Spring 1995 issue? 



6. Do you have any other comments or helpful criticism for us to consider? 



Please feel free to help create next semester's issue! We welcome stories, artwork, 
photos, help with layout, or suggestions for events to cover. 



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Meet the Staff,.. 




Amy Ellwanger 
Editor-in-Chief 

Senior 

Communications 

Journalism 




Slielly Cantrell 
Managing Editor 

Freshman 
EngUsh, Communi- 
cations : Broadcast 




Michael Wiggins 
Features Editor 

Junior 

Communications 

Journalism 




Georgeann Estep 
Business Manager 

Junior 

Business : Market- 
ing, Advertising 




Joshua Williams 
Copy Editor 

Senior 

Communications 

Journalism 




Ella Bennett 
Photo Editor 

Junior 

Business : Manage- 
ment 




Adam Stover 
Sports Editor 

Sophomore 
English, Communica- 
tions 




Wendy Woods 
Art Editor 

Sophomore 
Communications 



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Flag Football - Oct 4 

Carolina System Softball Tourn. - Oct 7 

Soccer - Oct 5 

P.B.C. intramural Championship - Oct 14 

State Softball Tournament - Oct 21 

Great Pumpkin Walk/Run - Oct 26 

Flag Football Re2. Championship - Nov 18 

Walleyball - Jan 30 

Basketball - Feb 1 

Racquetball - Feb 1 

Schick Hoops Championship - Feb 1 8 

Indoor Soccer - Mar 1 

Weightlifting/Fitness Clinic - Mar 8 

Bowling - Mar 13 

Weightlifting Contest - Mar 13 

Wellness Walk/Run - Mar 15 

State Soccer Tournament - Mar 1 7 

Ping-Pong - Apr 5 

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The Powderhorn 



Adair, Wesley Brian 
Allen, Mark Thomas 
Arthur, Mark Alan 
Ashmore, Paige Ricker 
Atkins, Bruce Lamar 
Bailey, Bryan Scott 
Baird, Jacqueline Elaine 
Baker, Leslie Ann 
Ballenger, Jeffrey Todd 
Banerjee, Ashok Kumar 
Barbarre, Jean-Pierre Andre 
Bell, Donna Jean 
Bernoski, Karen Marie 
Blackburn, Glenn Wesley 
Blackwood, Catharine Anne 
Blackwood, Elizabeth Alden 
Blount, Elois Watson 
Bolton, Lori Nicole 
Bowen, Amy Elizabeth 
Braun, Loni Wyman 
Bricco, Robbie Lynn 
Broadhead, Neal Alpheus 
Brooks, Jonathan Healy 
Bruce-Hunter, Jennifer Leigh 
Bryson, Dawn Lamb 
Buckner, Amanda Lamb 
Burgess, Mark Sanders 
Burns, Donna Batson 
Campbell, Alicia Tracy 
Campbell, Larry Kenneth 
Carter, James Clifton III 
Carter, Tracy Melissa 
Cash, Sheila Under 
Cattaruzza, Chris Anne 
Chatters, Evelyn Anne 
Cooley, Timothy Joseph 
Cooper, Brett Austin 
Davis, Caroline Dawn 
Davis, Sherri Jenise 
Djebelli, Dara 
Drewes, Renee Laverne 
Druell, Staci Lynne 
Easier, Kaprice Cheatwood 
Edwards, Constance B. 
Ellis, William Edward III 
Ellison, Crystal Charlene 
Eubanks, Kimberly Lynn 
Farmer, Scheafer Mattison 
Parr, Tracie Diane 
Farris, Laura Renee 
Fickenworth, Laura Ellen 
Floyd, Michael Allan 
Fox, Kenneth Harrison 
Gajic, Sreten John 
Garfield, Nancy Lynne 
Garner, Jason Deems 
Medley, Crystal Marie 



Medley, Sherri Hyatt 
Medlock, Christina Bardel 
Merrifield, Kathrin 
Meyer, Brian David 
Miller, James Franklin II 
Millwood, John William III 
Mobley, Ronald Jeffrey 
Moody, Danielle Jannyne 
Moore, Katherine Lavender 
Moore, Sally Olivia 
Morris, Angela Robin 
Mullen, Monty Virginia 
Mullins, Diana Lynn 
Murray, Bedelia Lynn 
O'Brien, Carrie Lee 
O'Shields, Stephanie Holland 
Odom, John Arthur 
Ort, Gregory Haven 
Palmer, April Regina 
Parham, Christopher Daniel 
Parson, Angela Christine 
Patel, Ketal Dinesh 
Pearson, Sunni Maria 
Pettit, John Lloyd 
Pitman, Tamara Lee 
Poole, Michael Wayne 
Posada Sanchez, Jose 
Prewitt, Lara Kathryn 
Price, Kimberly Brooke 
Price, Sandy Leigh 
Prioleau, Dwayne Terrance 
Ramsey, Katrina Rene 
Ray, Sara Katherine 
Reece, Tabitha Christine 
Rhodes, James Spencer 
Richardson, Patrick Eugene Jr 
Riddle, Kevin Rhett 
Rintoul, Patricia Lynn 
Robinson, Tina Black 
Roddy, James Lawrence 
Rogers, Alan Brian 
Rogers, Elena Berry 
Roseberry, Christopher John 
Rosenburg, Ernest 
Rucker, Daryl Brady 
Rummell, Jill Ann 
Russell, Rachel Annette 
Russell, Richard Glenn 
Sanders, Ellen Denise 
Sandor, Stephen Scott 
Sands, Joseph Alan 
Schneider, Timothy Charles 
Schoonmaker, Scott Clifton 
Scruggs, Danny Lee 
Sharpe, Jennifer Susanne 
Shaw, Jacquelyn Leigh 



Sheriff, Bryan Allen 
Sibley, John Michael 
Small, Scott Christopher 
Smith, Mary Alice 
Smith, Monica Susan 
Smith, Shannon Sheree 
Smoak, Zoe Anne 
Sommer, Kathryn Emily 
Spearman, James Gregory 
Stavely, Shelly Anne 
Stephens, Jennifer Denise 
Stone, Wanda Katherine 
Sullivan, Tracy Yolanda 
Thompson, Jennifer Lee 
Thompson, Vicki Lynn 
Tinsley, Jones Frank II 
Tollison, Brian David 
Tripp, Gary Scott 
Turner, Hamish Fielding 
Turner, Robert Manguis Jr. 
Volz, Thomas John Jr. 
Walker, Krishenda Bonita 
Waters, Stephanie Nicole 
Webster, Thomas Frederick Jr. 
Wells, William Alan 
White, Jane Marie 
Whitener, Andrea Dawn 
Williams, Bryan Martin 
Williams, Kathy 
Woodward, Jennie Rebecca 
Wuchenich, Christopher Lawrence 
Yearty, Sharon Lorraine 
York, David William 
Young, Suzanne Marie 
Yown, Jason Robert 
Zaleski, Tracy Ann 




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December 

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